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Thoughts at 3AM: Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation is one of the hardest things about parenthood. Nothing really prepares you for it. The mind-numbing, all-consuming exhaustion that comes with a repeated lack of quality sleep. The way it affects your mood and your sanity. Those moments when it seems almost everyone else is sleeping and you feel alone.… Read more

The mummy I might have been: how did being a heart parent change me?

When does parenthood begin? That moment when everything changes; when that person we once becomes someone new; someone whose decision-making and thoughts are changed forever. Does it begin with the birth of a new baby – when we “officially” become mummy and daddy? Or does it start further back with two little lines on a white stick?… Read more

A drawing showing a daddy and child asleep in a double bed and mummy and another child asleep in a toddler bed

There were four in the bed – a tale of bedsharing woe

In the still of the night when Mummy’s curled up fast asleep

Over to her bed, one (or two) children creep

“Please, Mummy,” they ask, “can we sleep in your bed?”

A bleary-eyed Mummy sighs, nodding her head.

But she knows how the rest of the night will now go

This is her tale of bedsharing woe:

A drawing of a mummy, daddy and two children in a double bed - "There were four in the bed: a tale of bedsharing woe"

 

There was one in the bed and the Mummy said “how lovely, how lovely!”

So she rolled over and stretched herself out and drifted off to sleep before being woken moments later by the patter of small feet.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #42 – Life, Motherhood and Everything

Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.

 

Today’s post is from Angela who blogs at Life, Motherhood and Everything.

1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

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Review – Tears Heal: How to listen to our children

Those moments when our children start crying or having a tantrum can be challenging ones.  We are often encouraged to end our children’s tears as quickly as possible – through fixing the problem, or distracting them, or finding other techniques to help stop them crying.  Kate Orson’s book Tears Heal, focuses on allowing our children to cry and express their feelings.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #41 – Volcano Mama

Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.

 

Today’s post is from Rachel, who is a Montessori teacher, mama and writer. She blogs about the Montessori philosophy, educational activities and parenting at www.rachelpeachey.com

 

1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

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Parenting Pep Talk #40 – Left Back at Home NCFC

Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.

 

Today’s post is from Left Back at Home NCFC.

Future player on a NCFC football shirt

 

1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

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Parenting Pep Talk #39 – This Is Me Now

Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.

 

Today’s post is from Susie who blogs at This Is Me Now. Over to you, Susie!… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #38 – Two Tiny Hands

Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.

 

Today’s post is from Karen who blogs at Two Tiny Hands, describing it as the place “where you will find me writing about my family, our lives and adventures.  I’m a positive person and I hope this comes across in my writing.”

 

1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

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